[time-nuts] Off Topic in the Extreme

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Thu Sep 2 13:34:08 UTC 2010


In this case the company is the legacy monopoly wire line carrier for this area. If you want coper wires you go to them. There is no other choice. They do what ever the government regulators make them do. The supervisor referred to those regulations in about every third sentence. 

Century and Embarq were two separate companies until fairly recently. They obviously are having a tough time getting things stitched together. Both were relatively small outfits and the combination is still pretty small. Their footprint covers a lot of farms and not many big urban areas. 

The net result is that most of their customers have no real choice in suppliers. Unless they live 18 minutes from the state capital they have little ability to interact with the regulators. Of course the lucky few who do live close to the capital and who do have choices ....


On Sep 2, 2010, at 2:36 AM, Attila Kinali <attila at kinali.ch> wrote:

> On Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:25:55 -0400
> "Bob Camp" <lists at rtty.us> wrote:
>> I suspect that it's not an unusual stance. If it is common, it would be
>> something to think long and hard about in a mission critical timing setup.
> I don't know about the US, but in Europe such a stance would cost
> an ISP most of its customers, hence they cannot allow to say
> "oh, it's not web, we dont guarranty anything if you are not using the web".
> It would be literally their death sentence.
> Usually, the ISPs here are more or less responsive on any issue a customer
> has. The smaller ones better than the bigger ones. Most probably because
> they know if the customer doesnt get what he wants, he'll switch to an other.
> 				Attila Kinali
> -- 
> Why does it take years to find the answers to
> the questions one should have asked long ago?
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